Oct 16 2010

11 Things to Do in Wylie Park, Aberdeen, SD

Today, we welcome back Travels with Children and guest writer Jenny.  A while ago, she told us of her experience with a hotel that said fire codes were the reason for restricting the number of people who slept in a room.  Today she offers 11 Things about a superb park in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  If you’re ever in South Dakota, you’re going to want to stop here.

11 Things to do in Wylie Park

Aberdeen, South Dakota, is home to Wylie Park.  Wylie Park is probably the best city park you’re ever going to find in the Midwest.  There is so much for kids to do here.  A very large portion of the park is free, which makes it even better.    This is an awesome destination for families with preschool and elementary school children.  We make it an annual summer adventure.

  1. In the new visitor’s center, purchase a ticket to ride the train, carousel or balloons at Story Book Land.
  2. Meander through the free attractions in Story Book Land.  Here, you will relive your childhood at such exhibits as:  The House that Jack Built, Hickory Dickory Dock, The Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty and more.   Don’t miss the petting zoo.

    Story Book Land

    Story Book Land

  3. Buy an ice cream treat at the concession stand in Story Book Land.
  4. Follow the Yellow Brick Road through the free Land Of Oz.  Experience the simulated tornado in Dorothy’s house before you begin your journey.  Duck in and out of Munchkin houses and continue your journey past the homes of the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.  Breeze past the Haunted Forest and through the tunnel where the Lion makes his den.
  5. Rent a surrey or bike and get some exercise on the bike path.
  6. Swim, fish, rent a paddle boat, and build sandcastles at the lake.
  7. Play on one of five playgrounds.  Don’t miss the one with the giant tower near the lake.
  8. Buy tickets and enjoy mini-golf, bumper boats or go karts at Thunder Road.
  9. Walk past the free zoo. (If you’re tired, you can see the zoo from the train.)

    Wylie Park Train

    Wylie Park Train

  10. If you’re there on a day trip, pack a picnic lunch at eat under a shelter house.  The picnic ground restrooms are the cleanest park restroom’s I’ve ever seen.
  11. To make a weekend out of it, rent a campsite or a camping cabin at the family-oriented Wylie Park Campground.

You will not be disappointed by the quality of Wylie Park.  You will also never find a bigger bang for your buck, especially for those of you with large families.

What do you think?  Do you know of another park that has so much to offer?  I’m adding it to our family’s to-visit list.

Jenny is a stay-at-home South Dakota mom who enjoys traveling
with her husband and kids (ages 8, 6 and 3).

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3 Comments to “11 Things to Do in Wylie Park, Aberdeen, SD”

  1. Bridget Smith on 25 Oct 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Love this park! We have something similiar here in Carlsbad at the Flower Fields. How funny that kids find humble slides dressed up fancifully so mesmorizing, but they do!
    .-= Bridget Smith´s last blog ..Mondays are for Dreaming- A California State Park Roadtrip =-.

  2. ConfessionsMom on 28 Oct 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I actually saw the picture before I read the post, and I knew you were going to talk about Story Book Land. It’s such a fun place; very inexpensive place to take the kids. I love the Wizard of Oz house with the simulated tornado and the fort/castle. Great post! Now I just need to get back there with our youngest. It will all be new and exciting for her.
    .-= ConfessionsMom´s last blog ..Apparently Chickens are Scary =-.

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